Diary of a Virgo

TIP TUESDAY – Homemade Flaxseed Gel

When I started my natural haircare journey about 4 years ago, I stumbled upon this recipe for a natural hair gel on youtube.  For some reason, over the years, I’ve fallen off from making it, I guess because there were so many products on the market that I just HAD to try.  Some of them good, and some, not so much.  But one thing we know for sure is the natural haircare market is flooded now that it can be a bit overwhelming.  But this recipe is a tried and true that I know I can always fall back on.  The benefits of using a homemade flaxseed gel is it’s filled with omega 3 fatty acids, its inexpensive and when combined with the right essential oils, it’s beneficial for healthy hair and hair growth. 

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/4 or 1/2 cup of flax seed , depending on how thick you want it to be (I like a thicker gel so I use 1/2 to 3/4 cup.  I also like the dark brown flaxseeds.  They just seem to work better with my curls)
  • 6 drops of each essential oil (I prefer Young Living Rosemary, Lavendar and Cedarwood)
  • Fine Mesh Strainer
  • Wooden spoon
  • Saucepan
  • Bowl or air tight container (I use a mason jar)

Directions:

  1. Pour 2 cups of water and flax seed into a pot, on low/medium bring it to a boil stirring flax seed constantly, and gently, with the spoon.
  2. Turn off heat when a white frothy gel like liquid forms (it will have a raw egg white consistency).  If you let it boil too long, the gel will become too thick and that’s no bueno.
  3. Continue stirring while it simmers. Put the strainer on top of your bowl or container and pour the mixture in.  You can save the flaxseeds in a jar for another use.  Just make sure to keep in the fridge and reuse as in steps 1 and 2.
  4. Let it cool down, and add essential oils.  The shelf life of the gel is 12-14 days if you keep in the fridge and 3-5 days if left out.  I personally don’t like the smell if you leave it out…and neither does Zoe!

The Benefits of Young Living Essential Oils for Haircare:

  • Lavendar prevents hair loss and promotes hair growth
  • Rosemary prevents premature graying, thinning of the hair and increases blood circulation in the scalp and stimulates the hair follicles.
  • Cedarwood stimulates the hair follicles and promotes hair growth

This recipe is a super quick process and is very cost effective if you want to get away from spending so much on natural haircare products.  The gel is great to use for wash and go’s, ponytails, buns, slickbacks, etc.  Try it and let me know what you think and if you have any other variations of the recipe you’d like to share!

in love + light,

Angela René
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